LSU’s leading RB formally charged with simple battery

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Over two months after being initially connected to a bar fight, LSU running back Jeremy Hill has been formally charged in the incident.

Via the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Hill has been charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. He is set to be arraigned on Friday.

Hill, who led all running backs for the Tigers last year as a freshman with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns, was arrested in late April on a battery charge after he and another assailant, Robert Bayardo, allegedly punched a male victim. Though a cell phone video of the incident shows Hill and Bayardo giving each other a high-five after the attack, Hill’s attorney has stated her client was provoked.

Bayardo has also been charged with misdemeanor battery. Hill has admitted to being at the bar where the fight took place, but denies involvement.

Hill was previously arrested on a felony charge of oral sexual battery involving a 14-year-old girl and later pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, a misdemeanor.

He has been indefinitely suspended by LSU, and suffice to say his future with the Tigers, at least immediately, is very much up in the air. Should Hill not be available for any part (or all) of the 2013 season, the Tigers do have depth with the return of Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue.